Malaysian fighter jet engine stolen from airbase

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  1. bhramos

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    Malaysian fighter jet engine stolen from airbase

    KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia will take action against air force personnel involved in the theft of a 14.5-million-dollar fighter jet engine sold to a South American company, according to reports Sunday.
    Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the company hired an agent to take the 50-million-ringgit engine out of the country from a military airbase, the Star newspaper and national news agency Bernama reported.
    "The ministry will take legal action at the international level to charge the company involved," he was quoted as saying by Bernama, without specifying the type of action or identifying the company.
    "Stern action will also be taken against the Royal Malaysian Air Force staff involved for betraying the country," the minister added.
    Air force officers found the jet engine was missing late last year during a routine maintenance service, but the matter became public only after the English-language New Straits Times published a report on Saturday.
    The newspaper also said police had arrested four individuals, including the buyer, the seller and air force personnel who assisted in stealing the engine, used as powerplant for a single-seat fighter and reconnaissance aircraft.

    AFP: Malaysian fighter jet engine stolen from airbase

    Is that such easy to steal Defence Equipment from Malaysia?
    so only the LTTE had more links in Malaysia.
     
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    EnlightenedMonk Member of The Month JULY 2009 Senior Member

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    Could there be a Chinese angle to the entire thing ???
     
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    Why not?

    A great gain for China!
     
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    definatly would be happy. and they would learn perfectly how to make a 3g fighter plane engine.
     
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    Millions of dollars of Malaysian airforce equipment stolen

    Millions of dollars worth of Malaysian military equipment has been stolen for sale on the black market, a report said Tuesday, after officials revealed two fighter jet engines had gone missing.

    Millions of dollars worth of Malaysian military equipment has been stolen for sale on the black market, a report said Tuesday, after officials revealed two fighter jet engines had gone missing.

    Attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail said two engines worth 29 million dollars had been taken from a military airbase.

    The airforce reported the theft of the US-made Northrop F-5E jet engines in August last year.

    Armed forces chief Azizan Ariffin said the theft was only the "tip of the iceberg" after an audit revealed millions of ringgit worth of equipment was missing, the New Straits Times reported.

    Azizan said those found guilty of stealing and selling the engines should be charged with treason.

    "Their act jeopardises national security. They are traitors and should be punished for treason," he said.

    The newspaper said the stolen jet engines were sold to arms dealers on the black market abroad.

    The end buyer of the stolen kit was not immediately clear, but a number of countries have fighters that use the engines.

    Prime Minister Najib Razak Monday vowed there would be no cover-up in the investigation.

    Police have arrested four individuals, including the buyer, the seller and airforce personnel who assisted in stealing the engine.


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    Points and laughs at malaysian airbase security:sAni_babymonkey2:
    a friggin jet engine really now
    HA HA !
    No seriously great going guys :yourock:, i feel so much safer knowing malaysian defence equipment can just end up on the balck market just like that!(being sarcastic here)
     
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    Probalby not, China had access to the engines in 75 before things went south with Vietnam via ex RSVAF F-5's. Most likely it went to Venezuela and from there to Iran and its F-5 fleet.
     
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    Malaysian Officials: Missing Jet Engines Tracked To Argentina Firm - Defense News

     

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